The Texas Department of Criminal Justice held a memorial service for fallen officers at the Texas Prison Museum Thursday.
The keynote speaker was TDCJ Executive Director Brad Livingston who honored those who have fallen and who continue to serve . . . .
The ceremony included a Twenty-One Gun Salute and playing of “Taps,” as well as a special presentation of a riderless horse – an age-old ritual symbolizing the loss of a fallen comrade. A memorial wreath was placed, and those in attendance heard the story and witnessed the ceremony of the “Missing Officer Table” which follows a formal protocol of placement of symbolic items on a specially prepared table meant to honor those who died while serving in the interest of public safety.